This year’s ITTF Nigeria Open will witness a new vista as the Africa’s elite tournament will be live stream on Twitter for its users across the globe.

This was made known when the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Twitter announced a deal to live stream the ITTF’s 2018 Challenge Series events to a global audience to complement ITTF’s current streaming platform itTV.

The ITTF Nigeria Open being one of the ITTF Challenge Series events for this year, the championship holding on August 8 to 12 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium will be live on Twitter handle all over the world.

This deal between ITTF and Twitter was cemented on Wednesday April 18 after a successful live stream of the Slovenia Open which attracted over 200,000 viewers on Twitter. With this table tennis fans can now look forward to a live stream of the marquee ITTF tournaments from Nigeria, Thailand, Belgium, and Belarus, live and free to Twitter users around the world.

The live streams of all Challenges Events matches will be available to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter and connected devices via ITTF’s official Twitter account @ITTFWorld.

Twitter will also feature additional premium highlights from each tournament. Both the live streams and highlight clips on Twitter will also be available to content sponsors to include pre-roll advertising packages.

“Twitter is where the world of sport is happening every single day, and we know from the conversations on Twitter that there is a growing appetite for elite table tennis,” said Maurizio BARBIERI, Twitter’s Southeast Asia Head of Sports Partnerships. “Live streaming the ITTF Challenge Series events on Twitter makes it easier than ever for existing fans to watch the players in the world go head-to-head, while also exposing the sport to an entirely new audience to help increase the growing popularity of table tennis.”

Matthew POUND, ITTF Head of Media, said: “The ITTF is thrilled to be partnering with Twitter to stream live the remainder of the ITTF Challenge Series events of 2018. Twitter will provide the perfect platform to complement ITTF’s current streaming platform itTV and introduce new fans to the sport of table tennis.”

The 2018 ITTF Challenge Events live stream on Twitter schedule is as follows: Thailand Open, Bangkok: 16-20 May, Qualification days 16-17 May; Nigeria Open, Lagos: 8-12 August, Qualification days 8-9 August; Belgium Open, De Haan: 23-27 October, Qualification days 23-24 October and Belarus Open, Minsk: 14-18 November, Qualification days 14-15 November.